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Quinoa Granola Bars

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Olena Osipov
5 from 19 votes

Quinoa Granola Bars

I have love and hate relationship with granola bars. I love the convenience but hate how hard it is to make them healthy, and my kids like them at same time, right?! I also hate the cost of good granola bars. The only granola bars I buy are organic Taste of Nature. A box at Costco costs $18, ouch.

I do not eat granola bars myself but for kids they are perfect. I’m more of homemade protein bars girl, but my kids like my mango granola bars. However, we all love quinoa granola with coconut and chia and chocolate quinoa granola.

Quinoa Granola Bars on parchment paper

I came across this recipe on Pinterest and have made it with a few modifications. In fact, I made 5 batches to make sure my quinoa granola bars recipe works. Therefore, different pictures.

It was a lot of work to find a balance between the bars being low in sugar and yet stick together, and my kids like them. Quite a challenge, I’ll tell ya. I’d rather make 5 dinners instead.

close-up of Quinoa Granola Bars

I added quinoa, steel cut oats, reduced chocolate chips and omitted brown sugar. These quinoa granola bars came out great: toasted, crunchy and sweet for my taste. I do not like overly sweet things.

And kids approved! Yes, that was important since these quinoa granola bars are not for me. Usually I get a big eye roll with almost any bars I make them try. You know, kids prefer shiny store wrappers to many things homemade. This time, I didn’t have to ask twice. I think they would like more chocolate chips, but I personally wouldn’t.

mixing ingredients for Quinoa Granola Bars in a blue bowl and mixing honey and brown rice syrup in a green bowl

You can get really creative with these quinoa granola bars. Replace steel cut oats with extra quick oats. Use your favourite nuts or seeds in place of almonds.

However, do not try to reduce the amount of brown rice syrup/honey and increase the egg whites in hopes of reducing sugars. That I tried and the bars wouldn’t hold together.

Mixing wet and dry ingredients together in blue bowl

These quinoa granola bars make a great snack, especially for school lunches. And especially if your child’s school is peanut-free facility. I usually store my bars in a long loaf pan inside the pantry. Then just pop in a small sandwich bag. Wrapping bars is too much work for me but you could. This recipe makes 16 bars, so you can stock up. You could also freeze some for later.

Pressing Quinoa Granola Bar mixture into parchment paper lined baking pan

Quinoa Granola Bars

Quinoa Granola Bars

Quinoa Granola Bars Recipe with steel cut oats, flaxseed, chocolate chips and small amount of brown rice syrup for kids approved homemade healthy granola bars.
5 from 19 votes
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 16 servings
Calories: 281kcal
Author: Olena Osipov



  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees F and spread quick oats, quinoa, steel cuts oats and almonds on a large rimmed baking sheet. Bake for 10 -15 minutes or until lightly brown, stirring occasionally. Remove from the oven, transfer to a large mixing bowl and let cool completely.
  • Stir in flax seed, chocolate chips and salt into cooled oats. In a medium bowl, lightly beat the egg whites, add brown rice syrup/honey and coconut oil. Mix well to combine, pour over the dry ingredients and mix well again.
  • Line 9 x 13 baking dish with parchment paper and spray with cooking spray. Transfer mixture into the baking dish and using spatula or wet hands press it firmly. You have to press really well for the bars to hold together! Bake for 30 minutes, remove from the oven and let cool completely. I usually let the bars cool in the pan for an hour and then, holding by the parchment paper flaps, transfer on a cooling rack for another hour or so. Cut into 16 bars.

Store: Store in a cool dry place for a few weeks or freeze in an airtight container for up to 3 months.


    • *Use certified gluten free oats to make the recipe gluten free.
    • **Peanuts, hazelnuts or walnuts would work as well.
    • ***Recipe by Just a Taste with a few adaptations.


    Serving: 1granola bar | Calories: 281kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 51mg | Sodium: 108mg | Potassium: 220mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 74IU | Calcium: 69mg | Iron: 2mg
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    Hello and welcome to iFOODreal.

    My name is Olena Osipov. I'm a mom to 2 boys, a wife to Alex and we reside on magical Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada. This is our healthy family recipes blog. Originally from Ukraine, I grew up on real food. As an adult, I struggled with diets for years because none worked long-term. Now for over 10 years, I cook easy healthy meals for my family. I can help you with “What’s for dinner?” too.

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    1. 5 stars
      Sounds so good going to make tonight or tmo am depending on whether I want to grind the flaxseed. I hope it is only 1/2 CUP of steel oats(I have irish oats)why instant oats one and 3/4 or 1/2 CUP of steel oats?

      1. Hi Lou! I like to use a combination of quick oats and steel cut oats because they have different textures.
        This recipe calls for 1 3/4 cup quick oats AND 1/2 cup of steel cut oats. If you want to substitute the steel cut ones, you can use an additional 1/2 cup of quick oats. Hope that helps.

    2. 5 stars
      Delicious and all 4 kids loved them! I added 1/2 cup of dried cranberries, no problem with sticking

    3. I think I’m going to try a mixture of soaked and pureed dates with half the honey and see how these hold together.

    4. 5 stars
      These granola bars are really good! I love the crunch! I used raisins instead of chocolate chips. It might have been a good idea to soak them in hot water for a bit first, as they popped out of the dense bar. What’s the best way to cut them? I found that waiting until they were totally cool meant the slab was too brittle and I could cut it properly. I was thinking of scoring it as soon as I take it out of the oven.

    5. 5 stars
      I followed the basic recipe but used 50/50 honey & maple syrup; no choc chips in the pantry so added a tbsp of cocoa and a tbsp peanut butter; get a bit creative so tossed in some chopped prunes, dash of left over tinned passionfruit, some pumkin seeds and dessicated cocount, a tbsp of almond meal and coconut flour….why not!! Turned out totally delicious! And no trouble with binding. Definitely need the egg whites and syrup. Thanks!

    6. 5 stars
      I love these bars and make them on a regular basis. I do add either craisins or dried cherries and have not had a problem with them binding OK. I always have some crumbles, so I save them to mix into yogurt.

    7. These look so delicious! I’m on a quest to find a healthy granola bar recipe and I’m so excited to try these. Although I try to incorporate fruit where I can – Would it make sense to add maybe dried cranberries or chopped dried apricots? Or would that ruin the binding?

      1. Hi Kiera. I can’t say because I haven’t tried. It might be risky because these bars are low on sticky sugary binding already to keep them healthier with less added sugar.

    8. So the hardness of steel cut oats and uncooked quinoa lessens quite a bit after roasting? I’m just skeptical 🙂 Im trying not to eat processed grains. Do you think it would be OK to substitute the quick oats for all steel coat?

    9. 5 stars
      Another big hit! My family LOVES these bars! They are one of the first granola bar recipes I’ve tried that actually hold together, cut well and hold up. I may double the recipe next time to make a thicker bar, but that is all I would change. Delicious!!!

    10. 5 stars
      I made these tonight and they taste delicious. The only thing I did different was use two large eggs instead of egg whites. However, when I went to cut them several of them fell apart. Do you have any suggestions so this won’t happen next time? My kids really like the way they taste, I would just rather have them a bar than crumbs.

      1. The only way to make bars stick better together would be to add more sugar. I found with these bars it also depends on a T outside how well they stick. I would cool them down and store in a fridge…

    11. 5 stars
      I just made theses and they are absolutely amazing! so much better than the store bought crap where you can’t even read half the stuff in them! I have added craisins and peanuts to mine! These bars are going to become a major snack in my diet ! Amazing !

      1. Awesome. Whenever I don’t have time to make granola bars I buy Taste of Nature or Nature’s Path for kids. No crap guaranteed. All other Quaker, Natural Valley etc. in that aisle are chemical experiments.

      1. I haven’t tried to omit flax seeds and they act a bit like a binder in this recipe. I recommend if you omit it, use all quick cooking oats (not steel cut). It might be OK but I honestly don’t know…

    12. 5 stars
      This is a staple in our household at the moment. I have come up with some variations:
      Add two teaspoons of Ras El hanout and a little cracked pepper and a touch more salt and half the amount of rice malt syrup. This makes for a not so sweet aromatic treat. Also I cut mine into 32 pieces. Calories per treat a bit less then.
      Replaced chos chips with chopped dates.
      Thank you thank you so much for a great recipe because I am a quinoa fan. BTW I pay $17/18 aud per kilo here in Australia. Is it that expensive in the US?

      1. Interesting. What is Ras El hanout? I’m surprised your bars are holding together with less brown rice syrup. Quinoa is expensive in the US and Canada too unless you buy it in bulk. I pay $20 for 4 lbs at Costco.

        1. Ras El hanout is a Middle Eastern spice mix. I use Shane delia’s recipe. He is on SBS channel and has a restaurant in Melbourne which is amazing.
          The spice mix mainly consists of cinnamon, star anise, cardamom, all spice etc…. Roasted then ground to a powder. Just having ANOTHER slice with cuppa tea. Yum !

          1. Never heard of it. Maybe my husband will know, I will ask him. He used to live in the Middle East although wasn’t cooking there. Just like here in Canada now lol.

    13. 5 stars
      Second time I’ve made these and they turned out a treat again. I cut them into vary small portion sizes so my calories for a snack aren’t too high. They just hit the spot thank you.

    14. Gah, I am so with you in the constant quest for the perfect granola bar for my kids too. I am such a label reader, and they all seem to be too high in sugar and calories for a snack. Not to mention the price! So these I can get behind. And I love the fact that they are kid approved!

      1. Yep. Here I am, waving at you, a crazy label reader. I know, it’s a challenge. Plus with these kids who are hard to feed…life is hard lol. By I seriously like Taste of Nature the best! They even fall apart a bit which means not so high in sugar.

      1. Thank you, Michelle. Oh, then you have been dealing with what I was dealing lol. I love roasted anything. Raw quinoa is awesome roasted. Buckwheat in bars sound interesting. I grew up on buckwheat and love it to death but would never think to add to a protein bar!

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